Vintage fabrics get a make-over

Well, no complaints from me about the festive season. (Which seems like eons ago now!) I had a wonderful time with family and friends and was VERY fortunate to get a few bob in my wallet to purchase some delightful goodies.

By now you’ll know I love tracking down all things sweet and unique and well here are some additions from the wonderful Flotsam and Jetsum (see A curious collection at Flotsam and Jetsum):

Front
Front
My new gold and teal Tilly!
My new gold and teal Tilly!
Colour and texture add to the design
Colour and texture add to the design
Front hand stitched doily feature
Front hand stitched doily feature
and back...
and back…
Back view with belt
Back view with belt
A balanced blend
A balanced blend
Back doily feature finishes it off
Back doily feature finishes it off

Deb at Flotsam and Jetsum has been the angel of patience working with me on this new gorgeous Tilly tunic. I just love the variety of fabrics and colours – and I can tell you people this top could be a symbol for international affairs – it has the fabulous Australian tea towel with the most divine Indigenous setting I have seen for a VERY long time. The golden and teal colours are stunning! The peacock print is Liberty of London fabric and the bottom front graphic fabric came all the way by gondola from Italy! And not to forget the other wonderful fabrics Deb sourced that all pull together to form this unique design that I adore.

When Deb had a picture up of a proto-type clutch late last year I went into drool mode and immediately messaged her to find out if more were on the way and lo-and-behold she had just created this gorgeous beauty – The Orient Express! I think I fell in love with Deb’s marvellous description just as much as the bag:

The Orient Express Clutch
The Orient Express Clutch
Inside flap
Inside flap
Back view of clutch
Back view of clutch
An inside peek - internal pockets
An inside peek – internal pockets

Orient Express. A dashing spiffy retro take on a classic 1920s clutch purse. She’ll never be out of style with this dapper blend of sturdy authentic 1960s tribal and graphic prints. So much more personality than a commercial clutch purse! 

The swanky pleated flap is made from a magnificent oriental linen tea towel. The side panels on the flap are made from repurposed velour with a tapestry pattern which reminds me of the iconic Genoa lounge. For a real blast from the past, I’ve added a handmade doily feature beneath the earthy vintage button to give the whole shebang the wow factor. The button feature is hand sewn with extra strong embroidery cotton and a twisted shank for strength. 

This wee evening baggie is lined with cheerful red floral prints and has 3 coordinating pockets inside; one for your keys, one for your phone and one for lippie. Orient Express is just the ticket for an evening, formal or prom bag. The lovely earthy textures of the fabric mean she can multi-task for day use as well. Clever gal!

Orient Express has been made with sturdy vintage fabrics, two layers of woven (not synthetic) interlinings to add structure without bulk. The fold over pleated flap adds a feminine touch and closes with a magnetic clasp. She measures length 25.5cm (10″), height 15cm (6″) and width/depth 6cm (2 1/2″).

See what I mean! Fantastic attention to detail Deb!

Classic white, crystal and swallow feature
Classic white, crystal and swallow feature
French Day Earrings
French Day Earrings

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And, my final splurge with Christmas/birthday money at Flotsam and Jetsum was on these super-stylish drop earrings. A wonderfully white tear-drop with a clear crystal and swallow at the top all set in brass. (Also modelled in pictures above)

So, if you’re looking for that special something then pop along to Deb’s shop and take a look or conjure up a combo with her. (All details can be found on the Fab-Finds page).

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